Anniversary plans for East Suffolk line

A MONTH-long celebration is to be held to mark the 150th anniversary of the East Suffolk rail line - a route which nearly didn't survive Dr Beeching's axe.

A MONTH-long celebration is to be held to mark the 150th anniversary of the East Suffolk rail line - a route which nearly didn't survive Dr Beeching's axe.

The line was due to close in 1965, but it was saved thanks to campaigners who went on to form the East Suffolk Travellers' Association (ESTA), one of the most successful transport lobbying groups in Britain.

Towns served by the link from Ipswich to Lowestoft will host a series of exhibitions focusing on the history of the line, the campaign to save it, the present train services, and the hopes for increased frequency when a passing loop is built at Beccles.

Saxmundham Museum will host an exhibition from May 16 to June 13, it can be seen at Woodbridge.

On May 30, there will be a celebration lunch at the Bell Hotel in Saxmundham to mark the anniversary, which will be followed by ESTA's annual meeting.

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